Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman reckoned that there isn’t much difference between both finalists and picked out Australia to have a slight edge in the finals against New Zealand. After a month of irresistible entertainment, the final is set to go on between New Zealand and Australia on Sunday at the Dubai International stadium.
New Zealand will be disheartened by the fact that they will be losing out on the services of prolific left-hander Devon Conway after he smashed his hand into his bat following his dismissal. Australia, meanwhile, has performed at their best so far, and their only loss came against England.
VVS Laxman Feels New Zealand Should Be Never Be Taken Lightly
VVS Laxman mentioned that both teams are equally good, with Australia being a little stronger and warned Australia not to take New Zealand easily. He added that the toss is going to be crucial in determining the winner of the game.
“There is little to choose between the two finalists, with Australia having the slight edge following the freak injury to Devon Conway. But as history will testify, New Zealand is a side that can be taken lightly at one’s own peril,”
“There was a touch of similarity to the way the two last-four clashes played out. First Kane Williamson and then Aaron Finch hit it lucky with the coin. Those were significant off-field developments, for this tournament has favoured teams chasing,” VVS Laxman wrote in his column.
“It Often Boils Down To A Short, Sharp Passage Of Play” – VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman noted that toss has played a big part in the tournament, with the better team losing on their good day at times. He added that short-overs passages might decide the outcome of the game.
“The toss, however, is only one component; it doesn’t guarantee success. In T20 cricket, it’s not even the team that plays better on the day that comes up trumps. It often boils down to a short, sharp passage of play”, he added.
Australia emerged as the winners when these two teams met in a final last time in the 2015 World cup.
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